After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the Dousman Derby Days is back, though it will look a little different compared to past years.
The longtime event, which would have celebrated 65 years last year, will return July 24-25. In years past, Derby Days was normally a three-day event, but there were concerns over the lack of volunteers.
One of the organizers, Brian Holland, an officer with American Legion Post 405, said the legion has a declining membership base.
“What was up in the air was how much could we do given the task of spearheading the event,” Holland said.
Holland said he hoped new volunteers will step forward to help with future Derby Days.
“Most of us that have done this over the years, we’re Vietnam vets,” he said. “We have spearheaded Derby Days’ three-day event for four decades now.
“Everybody who has been in our post has taken a swing at this thing and worked their butt off. I think we’ve been reasonably successful in the goals the legion had in providing the event for the community, which is still in demand.”
This year, the Wisconsin State Frog Jump will take place both days in the afternoon. Both days will also feature live music.
The parade will take place the morning of Sunday, July 25. Holland said the carnival portion of Derby Days will not be held this year.
To learn more about the event, visit facebook.com/DousmanDerbyDays.
“We can’t thank everybody enough,” Holland said. “It’s been a fantastic ride, but we want to see it go on.”